Shiraz is the McLaren Vale’s most important variety, offering up generous, plum-mulberry fruit profiles, and occasional chocolate/mocha characters with notes of earth and spice, and soft, supple tannins. With a few exceptions, these are wines for the mid-term.
About 30 miles south of Adelaide, the majority of vineyards in the region are found within 8 miles of Gulf St. Vincent. The gently undulating region extends easterly towards the slopes of the Mount Lofty Ranges, rising to 650 feet elevation at Blewitt Springs and 1,150 feet in pockets around Clarendon.
Mediterranean climate, warm to hot, dry summers and moderate winters, tempered by gulf sea breezes. Annual rainfall is approximately 656mm however the majority of vineyards are drip irrigated although some old vine sites are dry grown.